Happy 23rd Birthday to me! Well, it was last week anyway. I think I can officially class myself as “twenty-something” in my biographies, or, even scarier, “mid-twenties”.
And no, 23 really does not feel that different than 22, except that I can’t sing a Taylor Swift song about myself anymore. Sad times.
For my birthday, I was gifted 3 books – and they were all from my best friend Natalie, so thank you so much! However, I was lucky enough to receive some gift vouchers & money, so of course I immediately went and bought many, many more books… (NB: This blog post is not meant to brag! I just love reading book hauls so I want to share one 🙂 ) Without further ado, let’s get into it!
Destination Anywhere by Sara Barnard
Another book by one of my favourite authors! Sara Barnard writes incredibly young adult contemporary fiction, and Destination Anywhere is her newest release. I think it’s about a girl that runs away? Possibly? Who knows; but I’ll read it anyway!
The Sin-Eater by Megan Campisi
A Sin-Eater is a societal outcast. They visit the bedsides of the dying and eat their sins so they can die peacefully. I’m not sure what the plot of this book is going to be, but my interest is piqued.
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
A (hopefully) beautiful Greek retelling of a wonderful myth! I actually taught about this myth at school a couple of months ago, and I think it’s a really fascinating story. I’m interested as to how the author (a new-to-me author) is going to treat this telling.
Those are the books I received from my best friend – thank you so much! ❤ And the next ones were bought with vouchers or gifts, so thank you to everyone (none of whom will likely read this) for these gifts!
Heartstopper Vol. 4 by Alice Oseman
The newest in the Heartstopper graphic novel series! I loved volumes 1-3, and I think before I read this one I’m going to to reread the others. This follows two boys called Nick and Charlie who start dating and they go to Paris and there’s a cute dog, and if you like happy things you should read this!
The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse
I umm’d and aah’d about getting this one for ages, and then the hardback was like £5 on Amazon so I bit the bullet! I’m so curious about this one. Sanatoriums and abandoned places fascinate me. This crime book was widely publicised on its release, and I’ve seen mixed reviews, so I’m going in with no expectations!
Sistersong by Lucy Holland
Dumnonia, 535AD. Three sisters are living in a tumultuous Britain, the landscape being shaped by invaders from north and south alike. The cover of this book is stunning and I haven’t read an Anglo-Saxon book in so long!
The Ickabog by JK Rowling
My curiosity (and book vouchers) got the better of me. I’m just fascinated to see what this book will hold, and as I haven’t been able to get to the library, and it was on sale, I ordered this online. I think this is about a monster, and to be honest my hopes aren’t particularly high, but the illustrations look gorgeous so we shall see!
So that is my epic birthday book haul! I feel so lucky and I am brimming with anticipation of getting stuck into these wonderful novels.
Are there any on here that you’ve read?